Foreign buyers snap up vineyards

Foreign ownership of land in Marlborough continued to increase

10:04 AM  Overseas companies continue to buy up land in Marlborough for vineyard expansion.

Livestock reach Mexico

Livestock carrier Nada berthed in the Port of Timaru.

The livestock carrier Nada has reached Mexico, according to vessel tracking website, Marine Traffic.

A question of milk

Milk prices in supermarkets are high in comparison to Australia.

The price Kiwis pay for milk is influenced by exchange rates, supermarket wars and wholesale prices.

Wanting farmers to diversify

East Takaka master cheese makers Alan Cockman and Gabrielle Kervella inside their micro fromagerie in Golden Bay.

9:41 AM  Two Nelson master cheesemakers are hoping to inspire a new generation into their craft.

Bee research work applauded

Coromandel beekeeper Dr Oksana Borowik has observed bee losses in her hives.

Applaud for work that identified a new pathogen that may be linked to significant colony losses of bees in NZ.

Ad Feedback
opinion

Trapped in a cage

Science time is immeasurable. "I spent 10 years studying the problems related to soil acidity in New Zealand and still there is work to be done," says Doug Edmeades.

The CRI Act has trapped science in an inappropriate framework, writes Doug Edmeades.

It's cow heaven

OPINION: Keith Woodford sees a tortured path ahead to new dairy systems that meet environmental, animal welfare and economic criteria.

Anti-farming nutters are at it again

How the animal rights argument got skewed

Fieldays

Barrie shows sportsmanship

Cameron Barrie with his good sportsmanship award he won at the tractor pull at the Fieldays.

Cameron Barrie rewarded for showing the right attitude during the tractor pull at this year's Fieldays.

Several drink filtered effluent

Craig Hawes was surprised that several people drank his company's filtered effluent water at the Fieldays.

Patrick Roskam at this year's Fieldays.

'Fantastic' for fencing tool inventor

The Fieldays was a “fantastic” success for fencing tool inventor Patrick Roskam, his mum Angela Roskam says.

dairy

Cheesemakers want farmers to diversify

East Takaka master cheese makers Alan Cockman and Gabrielle Kervella inside their micro fromagerie in Golden Bay.

9:41 AM  Two Takaka master cheesemakers are hoping to inspire a new generation into their craft.

Milk not a ripoff, says Key video

Prime Minister says milk prices move up and down, and milk is actually cheaper here than in the UK.

Milk prices in supermarkets are high in comparison to Australia.

Families forgo 'luxury' milk as prices rise

The price Kiwis pay for milk is influenced by international markets, supermarket competition and wholesale prices.

advice

A balanced budget

Many owner operators in dairying could be facing a loss of 35 cents to $1.35 cents a kilogram of milk solids for the year ending May 2016, says Pita Alexander.

Minimising losses is just as important as maximising profits.

Being prepared provides protection

It was a grim day. Pebbles rushed to hospital as soon as she could, after hearing Freddy had suffered an accident on the farm.

John Brosnan recommends farmers adopt a zero tolerance policy for illegal drugs on their farm.

Zero tolerance against drugs

A zero tolerance policy on illegal drugs touted as a farm owner's best defence against this growing problem.

aquaculture

Aquaculture growth an ongoing battle

Graeme Coates

Latest aquaculture expansion in Tasman Bays is the latest step along a road stretching back more than three decades.

MPs visit mussel spat hatchery

A team of Labour MPs finished a day in Nelson with a visit to the SPATnz mussel hatchery at the Glen, north of Nelson.

A kayak fisher tries his luck at a Golden Bay mussel farm.

Marine farm decision challenged

Legal challenge means delays are likely before new marine farms go ahead in Tasman and Golden Bays.

beef

Bull sales encounter snow

The snow had to be removed from the backs of bulls before they entered the auction ring at a Totara Valley sale.

Heavy snow played havoc with Canterbury bull sales, but failed to stop an offering of 92 bulls going to strong bidding at James and Fiona Fraser's Stern Angus bull sale in Totara Valley

Calm cattle ease storm's pain

A Hawke's Bay farmer knows a little of what other lower North Island farmers are feeling this month – his farm received 750mm of rain in a day and a half in 2011. The scars are slowly healing but the farming continues, as Kate Taylor discovered.

Rangatira 13-38 was sold to the Bayly family's Cricklewood Angus for $100,000.

Breeders on a high after record sale

Angus breeders Charlie and Susie Dowding are buzzing at the sale of one of their bulls for $100K.

Sheep

More sheep price updates on cards

Beef + Lamb NZ chairman James Parsons.

Industry leader advocates for more regular forecasts for lamb prices.

Felicity's coloured flock started small

Tucked away in the hills of South Canterbury is a little piece of paradise for coloured sheep.

George Assaf, partner in Awassi Holdings, in a photo taken 10 years ago.

$200 per live export sheep

Businessman reveals that Saudis would pay over $200 a head for NZ sheep for slaughter.

cropping

Crop yields hold up on shrinking land

Warren Darling credits favourable weather, growing management changes and a great team behind him for breaking the world record for the highest yielding barley crop.

Cropping farmers are managing to maintain much the same grain yields as five years ago on a shrinking land base.

Vege planting postponed again

Vegetable growers in Kapiti and Horowhenua have been hit by wet weather for the second year in a row.

Mike Porter, the new Federated Farmers grain and seed chairman for South Canterbury.

New grain, seed chairman wants to do his bit

Lyalldale mixed cropping farmer Mike Porter claims he's "mildly obsessive compulsive."

agribusiness

Foreign buyers snap up vineyards

Foreign ownership of land in Marlborough continued to increase

10:04 AM  Overseas companies continue to buy up land in Marlborough for vineyard expansion.

Livestock reach Mexico

The livestock carrier Nada has reached Mexico, according to vessel tracking website, Marine Traffic.

Milk prices in supermarkets are high in comparison to Australia.

Families forgo 'luxury' milk as prices rise

The price Kiwis pay for milk is influenced by international markets, supermarket competition and wholesale prices.

Discovery

The fly with a taste for thistles

The gall fly deposits its eggs on the scotch thistle's buds and flowers.

Gordon Levet writes on efforts to knock back scotch thistles by using a fly that has taste for thistle seed.

How many worms in your soil?

AgResearch scientists seek help to gain a better understanding of one of the little known heroes of NZ agricultural production.

Terry Hawes, left, and his son, Craig, Hawes demonstrate the before and after filtration from dairy farm effluent through their Forsi recycling system.

Recycling set to revolutionise dairy farming

A recycling system which turns cow poo into clean water could be about to revolutionise NZ's dairy industry.

rural women

The strong woman behind the man

Wendy Avery.

Meet the woman who supports the man who is the face of the fight against farmer depression.

Are you a mumtrepreneur?

If there's one thing Bridgit Hawkins knows well, it's the challenge of juggling motherhood and self-employment.

Young inventor Ayla Hutchinson with mentor Bernice Mene at the Mystery Creek Fieldays Kindling Cracker stand.

Firm friendship: The sports star and the girl inventor

It's easy to see young inventer Ayla Hutchinson and her mentor, Bernice Mene are mates - even though they clearly have pretty different backgrounds.

Video

New Regent Street's hospo boom

Carlton Bar & Eatery to open in New Regent St as hospitality continues to flourish and retailers struggle.

Ad Feedback
special offers

Digital editions

x

Read our rural publications online